Laser -Cut Buildings and walls.

Well, for me it’s a week since I was advised to distance myself from all social occasions. During this time I have been very busy making buildings and walls for another O Gauge Layout. It certainly is not new as I started it some three years ago, but went onto the back burner whilst doing other things.

It is basically a 6′ x 2′ DC Steam Engine Shed. I am trying to make it as generic as possible so that various Regions and eras can be run, including an Industrial option. I estimate it will hold about 12 Tank engine, slightly less if a tender engine or two is used.

I will keep you all up to date as progress is made. I need to come up with a name to cover the project.

Engine Shed

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Bothy

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Platelayers Hut

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Coaling Stage

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Boundary Walls (3 so far)

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Morlock Heath at March Ex 2020

We attended the March Model Railway Exhibition yesterday (14/3) and considering the current situation with the virus, it was very well attended.

We were next to Great Eastern Models so a good day was had with plenty of banter and at the end of the Show – a purchase.

It was also nice to see some old friends, especially my old mate Les Williams – great to see him after such a long time – Les still has three of my layouts.

As we were not really sure about further Exhibitions this year, we decided to run stock that we had more or less finished and that had not run on the layout before. Shaun brought along a small rake of Sealion Bogie ballast wagons – although only semi finished they looked great. The real stars of the stock, in my opinion was a pair of standard snowploughs that Shaun had recently made. Graham also took along some great stock that had not been run on the layout before – thanks both.

Below are some photos of our day taken by Shaun and my wife – again, thanks both.

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4000 yards at N & S N G Ex.

Our first Exhibition of 2020 was at the Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Exhibition at Beccles. This turned out to be an excellent Exhibition with record attendance and a very high class of layouts.

Although I am not particularly a Narrow Gauge Fan – this Exhibition certainly got our group thinking and at our debrief at ‘Maccie D’s’ on the way home – there was a lot of enthusiasm to build another group narrow gauge layout.

We took our latest wagon to the Exhibition although not quite finished and weathered – the Hospital Wagon got some very good comments. Below are some excellent photos taken by Shaun. Group photo by my wife – thanks both.

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Next Project underway

This project will be a joint project with my friend Ian. It will be a Terminus Station based in the transition period, roughly 1955-1965.

The baseboards are now made and are formed of three Grainge a Hodder laser cut boards. Two boards are permanently joined together and for 6′ x 16″ Scenic board, the other 3′ x 16″ board will form a separate detachable fiddle yard.

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Dark Lane LT Layout – nearly finished.

I have spent the last few days putting the finishing touches to Dark Lane. It is now 99% finished with just a little weathering and blending to do. This may have to wait awhile as modelling in the shed this time of year is weather/heat related! Anyway I thought I would show the progress in a few photo’s.

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Dark Lane LT – 1st stage weathering.

Over the last few days I have started weathering. This is the first stage and was applied with various washes and dry brushing. The next stage will be with the airbrush and then a few powders.

I have cut out and pasted a few houses and factories onto the backboard to portray a typical 60’s scene. I may ‘mist’ the whole backscene with the airbrush later to tone everything down even further!

No Buildings are glued down yet as the coaling stage and hut may be moved.

I am ordering about 20 sundry items to detail the layout and hopefully bring it to life.

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Busy Weekend with Morlock Heath

Over the weekend of 5th-6th October we Exhibited at two Shows, Sudbury MRC and GOG Meet at Bury St Edmunds. Both were very well attended and very enjoyable, special thanks to Shaun Harvey,  John Barnes and Barry Aldous for their help. On Saturday we ran Shaun’s Stock at Sudbury and on Sunday at the GOG meeting we ran mostly my stock. Below is a pictorial record of each day, thanks to Shaun and my wife for the photo’s.

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